The Jewish Federation of Ottawa 2016 Annual Campaign was launched on September 9 with a moving, humorous and thought-provoking event that we hope left you feeling as inspired as we felt.
The Campaign’s success is very personal for us. This is our community, where we live and where we chose to raise our families. The funding raised through Campaign ensures the vitality and the future of everything we love. Point blank: the Annual Campaign helps fuel all that Ottawa’s Jewish community does, is and will be.
For our community to continue to thrive, we need your help. For us, the reasons to give to the Annual Campaign are clear.
No other gift touches more lives. With one gift to Campaign, you have the ability to impact the life of every member of Ottawa’s Jewish community, young and old, healthy or those in need of assistance.
Chesed and Tzedakah are core Jewish values. Kindness and charity are acts that an individual completes without the anticipation of receiving something in return. Such acts sustain the world because they connect people to one another without expectation. These are the values we teach our children and the values that make the entire world a better place.
Tikkun Olam. We have an obligation to help repair the world. While this may sound like a huge endeavour, we do this one mitzvah at a time, one gift at a time. All of these mount up to make an enormous difference. Every gift made to the Campaign helps us improve our community and our world.
If you don’t help, who will? And if not now, when? Each of us needs to take responsibility for our community’s future. This is a debt we owe to our predecessors and is our gift to our children, grandchildren and future generations. Don’t wait to do a mitzvah, help today! Besides, who knows what the future holds? Perhaps, one day, you or a loved one may be in need of the services of one of our agencies. By giving now, you are also honouring previous generations who helped build this great community.
Giving to Campaign strengthens our connection to our mishpacha. Last year, 26,428 European Jews made aliyah with the help of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The Federation partners with this agency and other international organizations, so your gift supports programs that help the most disadvantaged Jews all over the globe.
A donation is tax deductible. Since Jeffrey is an accountant, we couldn’t miss mentioning this aspect! While this might not be your sole motivation, it is also good to know that giving to others can also help you pay less in taxes.
Put simply, it just feels good to do good. Did you know people actually experience a psychological response to being kind? We feel happiness and pleasure as if we, too, were the recipient of the kindness. This is why people want to pay a good deed forward. A single act of kindness can create a domino effect of more and more generous acts. Please try it!
To make a donation today, please contact 613-798-4696, ext. 272, or visit jewishottawa.com.